Active Inquiry

What is active inquiry?

Simply put, this approach helps students develop a curious attitude toward the subject at hand, ask probing questions, and learn how to seek and find answers.

Why does it matter?

Human societies have, over the millennia, developed knowledge and practices that have helped them to survive and thrive on planet earth. Educational researchers are finding that it is not simply the "facts" or technical aspects that are important to pass on to our children, but also the processes of inquiry--that is, the experiences, struggles, and questioning that led to the knowledge in the first place.  These aspects are just as important as the others in understanding and developing truly useful knowledge. Accordingly, incorporating active inquiry into the learning process is an important part of our approach to instruction across the curriculum.